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Prof Turner studies factors that regulate virus-specific T cell recruitment and differentiation after infection.  His lab utilizes a multidisplinary approach to examine how differences in T cell receptor recognition of peptide-MHC antigens impacts development and differentiation of virus-specific T cell responses. He is also interested in factors that shape the transcriptional and epigenetic signatures that define virus-specific T cell differentiation from the naive state into both the effector and memory populations. He utilizes a combination of ChIP-Seq, RNA-Seq, bioinformatics and systems biology, inducible shRNA knockdown, retroviral bone-marrow transduction, gene-deficient mouse models and 3C approaches for determining promoter-enhancer interactions. Such analysis will tell us if the molecular mechanisms regulating transcriptional control of T cell effector function are unique and/or shared among key effector genes. This will lead to identification of key immune correlates of protective immunity and will contribute to improvement of immunotherapies for both infectious and autoimmune disease.

Research area keywords

  • T-cell
  • Influenza
  • Viral Immunity
  • Systems Immunology
  • Epigenetics
  • Host-pathogen interaction
  • Adaptive Immunity
  • immunological memory

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Projects 2007 2023

Research Output 1993 2019

13 Citations (Scopus)

Regulation of H3K4me3 at Transcriptional Enhancers Characterizes Acquisition of Virus-Specific CD8+ T Cell-Lineage-Specific Function

Russ, B. E., Olshansky, M., Li, J., Nguyen, M. L. T., Gearing, L. J., Nguyen, T. H. O., Olson, M. R., McQuilton, H. A., Nüssing, S., Khoury, G., Purcell, D. F. J., Hertzog, P. J., Rao, S. & Turner, S. J., 19 Dec 2017, In : Cell Reports. 21, 12, p. 3624-3636 13 p.

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8 Citations (Scopus)

Dynamic regulation of permissive histone modifications and GATA3 binding underpin acquisition of granzyme A expression by virus-specific CD8+ T cells

Nguyen, M. L. T., Hatton, L., Li, J., Olshansky, M., Kelso, A., Russ, B. E. & Turner, S. J., 1 Feb 2016, In : European Journal of Immunology. 46, 2, p. 307-318 12 p.

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15 Citations (Scopus)

Inactivated influenza vaccine that provides rapid, innate-immune- system-mediated protection and subsequent long-term adaptive immunity

Chua, B. Y., Wong, C. Y., Mifsud, E. J., Edenborough, K. M., Sekiya, T., Tan, A. C. L., Mercuri, F., Rockman, S., Chen, W., Turner, S. J., Doherty, P. C., Kelso, A., Brown, L. E. & Jackson, D. C., 27 Oct 2015, In : mBio. 6, 6, 11 p., e01024-15.

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4 Citations (Scopus)

CD4 + T help promotes influenza virus-specific CD8 + T cell memory by limiting metabolic dysfunction

Cullen, J. G., McQuilten, H. A., Quinn, K. M., Olshansky, M., Russ, B. E., Morey, A., Wei, S., Prier, J. E., La Gruta, N. L., Doherty, P. C. & Turner, S. J., 5 Mar 2019, In : Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 116, 10, p. 4481-4488 8 p.

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